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Game of Hacks: Promoting Secure Coding Practices

Jan 20, 2015 By Sharon Solomon | Application security has become a huge challenge for IT companies worldwide. More and more exploits, causing widespread financial and technical damage, are being reported on almost a daily basis. While primarily taking these security issues head-on, Checkmarx is also providing an interactive solution to promote secure coding standards within organizations.  
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Most Popular Posts 2014

Most Popular Stories of the Year from the Checkmarx Blog

Jan 01, 2015 By Sarah Vonnegut | With the beginning of the New Year comes lots of reflection for the past 365 days. Here at Checkmarx, we had a fantastic and busy year – and it definitely shows on the blog. If you’re looking for some good security info to sink in to or want to catch up on the stories you missed, look no further. To wrap up the year and start out 2015 on a strong note, we’re sharing our top 12 most popular stories on our blog from the past year.
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15 AppSec Tips From the Top Ethical Hackers of 2014

Dec 31, 2014 By Sharon Solomon | 2014 will go down as the year of the mega-attacks. It all started off during last years holiday season with the Target hackings that affected over 100 million customers. Soon the Heartbleed and Shellshock vulnerabilities were exposed, causing havoc all across the planet. The hackings kept on coming in the latter stages of the year – the Snapchat fiasco, iCloud photo leaks and North Korean orchestrated Sony Pictures hacking just to name a few.  
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Recent PayPal Bug Highlights CSRF Vulnerability Risks

Dec 15, 2014 By Sharon Solomon | PayPal has revolutionized the e-commerce market in recent years with its convenient characteristics that bolster user privacy. Gone are the days when online shopping required cumbersome bank transfers or complex credit card verifications. Unfortunately there is still work to be done on the security front after Egyptian researcher Yasser Ali shocked the world with his PayPal bug finding.
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What was the worst InfoSec Fail of 2014?

Dec 08, 2014 By Sarah Vonnegut |
It’s December, and thus the perfect time to reflect on the events of the past twelve months. In InfoSec, there’s a lot to contemplate, having been one of the worst years in terms of data breaches and security breakdowns. According to the 2015 PwC State of InfoSec Survey, there were an estimated 28.9 million breaches in 2013, and an estimated 42.8 million in 2014: An increase of 48% in just one year. From major retail incidents to open-source vulnerabilities like Heartbleed and Shellshock, hardly a week went by without another InfoSec disaster.
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7 Essential Resource Centers to Boost Your InfoSec IQ

Dec 04, 2014 By Sharon Solomon | Many applications today possess critical vulnerabilities – SQL injections (SQLi), Cross Site Scripting (XSS) and Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) being just a few of them. The first step in combating these security issues is getting to know how they work and learning about them from real life scenarios. Unfortunately, not all developers today are familiar with the security aspects of software development.
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SQL Injection Tutorial: Tackling SQLi with Source Code Analysis

Nov 20, 2014 By Sharon Solomon | The impact of the Drupal fiasco is still being felt across all industry sectors. The world’s third biggest CMS platform was compromised with arguably the oldest hacking technique in existence – the SQL injection (SQLi). While the Drupal 7.32 update has resolved this specific problem, SQL injections won’t really go away until they are treated from the root – the application code.    
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The Ultimate List of Open Source Static Code Analysis Security Tools

Nov 13, 2014 By Sarah Vonnegut | Doing security the right way demands an army – of developers, security teams, and the tools that each uses to help create and maintain secure code.   With the increasingly important mindset of creating quality, secure code from the start, we’ve seen a greater shift towards the adoption of tools designed to detect flaws as quickly as possible in the software development lifecycle (SDLC).   One of those tools is static code analysis. The true strength of static source code analysis (SCA) is in quickly and automatically checking everything “under the hood” without actually executing the code. Because it works to discover issues that can be hard to discover manually, it’s a perfect companion to the human eye. Even the most senior security people still miss security flaws. After all – we are still human, so the combination of machine and man make for better coverage.
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Samsung’s ‘Find My Mobile’ CSRF Flaw: A Wake Up Call for Mobile Developers

Nov 06, 2014 By Sharon Solomon | Samsung is currently topping sales charts worldwide with a wide range of Android powered phones catering to virtually all market segments. This mass distribution of mobile devices has magnified the importance of creating secure mobile applications. Unfortunately, a CSRF loophole has been found in one of the the South Korean phone manufacturer’s proprietary applications.
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7 Lessons We Should Take Away from the Drupal SQL Injection Flaw

Nov 04, 2014 By Sarah Vonnegut | What’s the Deal with Drupal?
Another month, another apocalypse-summoning security catastrophe – and October was no different. Just over two weeks ago, the security team behind Drupal’s free and open-source CMS released an ominous security advisory that shocked many in the security industry. The advisory, SA-CORE-2014-005, informed users that an SQL injection flaw in all Drupal 7 sites allowed attackers access to databases and more.
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